Chanticleer: A Bibliography of the Golden Cockerel Press, April 1921 - 1936 August. Introduction by Humbert Wolfe. Foreword & Notes by the Partners [Christopher Sandford, Owen Rutter, Anthony Sandford]; Pertelote: A Sequel to Chanticleer, being a Bibliography of the Golden Cockerel Press, October 1936 - 1943 April. Forewod & Notes by the Partners [Christopher Sandford & Owen Rutter]; Cockalorum: A Sequel to Chanticleer and Pertelote, being a Bibliography of the Golden Cockerel Press, June 1943 - December 1948. Foreword & Notes by Christopher Sandford. Cock-a-Hoop (A Sequel to Chanticleer, Pertelote, and Cockalorum.) A Bibliography of the Golden Cockerel Press from September 1949 to December 1961, with a list of the Prospectuses issued by the Press, 1920 - 1962, compiled by David Chambers. 4 vols., royal 8vo, 48p, 52p, 112p, 126p, 26cm, Golden Cockerel Press, London, and (in the last case) Golden Cockerel Press and Private Libraries Association, London, 1936, 1943, 1950 and 1976.
One of either 300, 200 or 250 special copies printed on handmade paper, specially bound and signed by some of the partners. Types: Perpetua and Felicity. Illustrated with upwards of 150 reproductions of illustrations from the books. Quarter niger morocco (in colours) with gilt spine lettering, signature of Christopher Sandfordspecial Cockerel-patterned cloth sides, gilt tops, others uncut, all in fine condition. An exceptional set.
The final volume of the bibliography, Cock-a-Hoop, was not produced by the Press and did not appear until 1976. The amount of signatures varies in these books, particularly in Chanticleer, which here carries only the signature of Christopher Sandford (the other possibles being Anthony Sandford, Francis Newbery, and Owen Rutter). Being number 273 it is, however, late in the numeration. As a reminder that Christopher Sandford was the third proprietor of the Press (Robert Gibbings was the second), I have included a short but interesting T.L.s, 8vo, from Harold Taylor (the often forgotten founder of the Press) to Kerrison Preston, Esq., on Golden Cockerel Press letterhead, Waltham Saint Lawrence, 24.ii.22, discussing the publication of a manuscript.